Meteorological fall was coolest since 2002

Meteorological fall ended Sunday. See how it stacked up with past seasons.

Meteorological fall ended Sunday, and the average temperature from September through November in Baltimore was the coolest since 2002.

Temperatures averaged 56.8 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport over those three months, tying the averages from 2006 and 2008. But it hasn't been cooler since 2002, when BWI averaged 56.6 degrees.

Meteorological fall 2014's temperatures are actually right on par with the norm at BWI. Both September and October were slightly warmer than normal, while November was more than 3 degrees colder than normal.

For early December, a warming trend is forecast for most of the United States, according to the Climate Prediction Center. But could the larger cold trend indicate another brutal winter ahead?

That chilly fall of 2002 ushered in what remans Baltimore's coldest winter of the past 35 years. The winter of 2002-2003 averaged 30.9 degrees, more than 4 degrees below normal.

Meteorological winter is off to a mild start Monday, but a taste of wintry precipitation is forecast early Tuesday morning.

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